Monday, October 29, 2012
ORNL in the News

Nicholas LucianoOver the fiscal cliff: Cuts set to begin in January would slice the budget deficit by $607 billion

Photo caption: Nicholas Luciano, a Spallation Neutron Source central room shift supervisor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, monitors data Thursday morning. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source has established a new record as the world's most powerful accelerator based source of neutrons for scientific research.

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) Unless Congress acts in its lame-duck session after the Nov. 6 presidential election, budget cuts and tax hikes agreed to as a last resort during congressional budget talks last year will begin hitting most American wallets...10/26


TitanTop U.S. supercomputer guns for fastest in world

(CNN) A new kind of global arms race is unfolding -- and this one is measured in petaflops. Titan, the U.S. Department of Energy's top open science computer, is going live on Monday with an upgrade that will likely make it the fastest supercomputer on the planet. At 20 petaflops -- that's 20 quadrillion calculations each second...10/29

Committee still identifying possible candidates for ORNL's next deputy lab director for S&T

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The search committee is still in the process of identifying potential candidates for Oak Ridge National Laboratory's next deputy lab director for science and technology (and chief research officer). That's according to Jeff Smith, ORNL's deputy lab director for operations, who is co-chair of the search committee...10/25


$213M Project Not Working

(Albuquerque Journal) After more than seven years' work and $213 million, the new security system at Los Alamos National Laboratory's most important nuclear weapons manufacturing site doesn't work...10/26

UPF math

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Earlier this month the National Nuclear Security Administration revealed that the previous design activity on the Uranium Processing Facility wasn't going to work and said the building would have to be redesigned -- raising the roof by about 13 feet -- in order to better accommodate all the needed equipment....10/28

State & Regional

Governor honored for work to help domestic violence victims

(WBIR) Governor Bill Haslam has received an award for his work to address domestic violence in the state. The Community Coalition on Family Violence presented the governor with the 16th annual Anita Gregg Memorial Award at a luncheon Friday afternoon...

East Tennessee

TVA: Watts Bar reactor on course for 2012

(WVLT) Tennessee Valley Authority officials say construction on the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor is on schedule to be finished in December 2015 and the cost are still on target about $4.2 billion.


Benghazi FireCIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

(FoxNews) Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command...10/26

New Tax CutWhite House considering new tax cut

(Washington Post) The White House is weighing the idea of a tax cut that it believes would lift Americans’ take-home pay and boost a still-struggling economy, according to people familiar with the administration’s thinking...10/27

Hurricane Sandy gains strength on East Coast path

(CBS News) A superstorm threatening 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation gained strength Monday, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said early Monday that Hurricane Sandy increased its top sustained winds from 75 mph to 85 mph, with higher gusts...10/29

science & technology

84 Million StarsNine billion-pixel photo shows 84 million stars

(Skymania) Astronomers have used a giant dust-busting telescope in Chile to zoom in on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy and capture more than 84 million stars. The international team used Europe’s VISTA survey telescope to produce an incredibly detailed mosaic formed from thousands of separate images and made up of nearly nine billion pixels...10/24

Feathered DinosaursFossils of feathered dinosaur species discovered in the Americas

(The Telegraph) The 75-million-year-old fossil specimens, uncovered in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, include remains of a juvenile and two adult ostrichlike creatures known as ornithomimids. Until now feathered dinosaurs have been found mostly in China and in Germany...10/25

Dragon Ship CapsuleDragon ship back on Earth after space station trip

(PhysOrg) The California-based SpaceX company successfully guided the Dragon down from orbit to a splashdown a few hundred miles (kilometers) off the Baja California coast...10/29

Other Stories

Paul Ceglia, Man Who Claims Partial Ownership of Facebook, Arrested For Fraud

(Forbes) Remember Paul Ceglia? He’s the web designer and wood chipper who sued Facebook back in 2010, claiming that Mark Zuckerberg, while still a Harvard undergrad, had signed a two-page contract with him that entitled him to anywhere from half to 84% of Facebook...10/26

Microsoft TabletSurface tablet buzz starts, but Windows 8 excitement muted

(Reuters) U.S. shoppers woke up with mild Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy Microsoft's groundbreaking tablet computer designed to challenge Apple's iPad...10/26

Out there

Darpa RobotDARPA’s Robotics Challenge Marches On

(TPM) The Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving ahead at full steam in its quest to develop, or spur the development of, humanoid robots that it can use for its own purposes — in this case, disaster response in areas too dangerous for humans but in need of a human touch...10/26